Contracting for community development : a case study based perspective of a public sector client initiative in Hong Kong

Mahesh, Gangadhar, Kumaraswamy, Mohan, Anvuur, Aaron, & Coffey, Vaughan (2007) Contracting for community development : a case study based perspective of a public sector client initiative in Hong Kong. In Coffey, Vaughan (Ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference onConstruction in the 21st Century Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology July 11-13, 2007 Australia, CITC-IV, USA, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 366-372.

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The construction industry is known to be an important contributor towards the gross domestic product of many countries. Moreover, the health of the construction industry is positively correlated to the economic growth of a country and in many economies public sector clients account for a major share of construction works. Given this strength, it is important for public sector clients to initiate innovations aimed at the betterment of the industry. In this context, concern about sustainable development has been a major driver of some innovative initiatives in construction industries worldwide. Furthermore, the Government of Hong Kong regards both sustainability and community development as important criteria when planning and procuring construction projects. This paper is based on a case study of a public sector development project in Hong Kong, and presents the salient features of the procurement and contractual systems adopted in the project, which foster sustainability and community development. The reported interim findings are based on a preliminary document analysis that is part of an ongoing longitudinal case study into the project. The document analysis takes a three-pronged approach in terms of how the procurement and contractual systems foster economic, environmental and social sustainability, and sums up their impact on the community as a whole.

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ID Code: 29147
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainability, Construction procurement
ISBN: 1-884342-02-1
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the authors].
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2009 23:40
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:57

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